IOG partners with Dalhousie University to deliver innovative board governance training

The Institute on Governance is partnering with Dalhousie University to bring a unique national program designed to assist executive directors, board chairs and other board members deepen their understanding and practice of governance as the exercise of leadership inside and outside the boardroom. Improving Non-Profit Governance involves peer learning, coaching, and the application of ideas from a wide range of learning resources and tools supplied.

The philosophy of the program is that organizational governance involves a variety of functions and structures. Boards are a key player in this work, with particular roles to assume and others they need to step up to depending on the complexity of their organization’s work and circumstances. But boards are not the only part of the leadership team. Executive directors have a significant role to play in governance, as do other actors including, in many circumstances, external stakeholders. The idea of governance involving both deliberative and facilitative work is one that will liberate and engage non-profit energy.

Learn more about the program here.


About the Authors

  • Laura Edgar

    Laura Edgar

    Vice President - Board & Organizational Governance

    Laura leads the Institute’s work on board and organizational governance, including providing advisory services related to roles, responsibilities and functioning of boards of directors, strategic planning, member engagement and governance assessments.  She also provides tailored learning programs on request. She has a strong professional and academic background in the governance of public purpose organizations, indigenous governance, business management, adult education, and international programming.

    Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Edgar was the Programs Coordinator at the Institute for Leadership Development, where she led several programs for young professionals and young entrepreneurs. Her responsibilities included program management, liaising with Canadian and international partner organizations, and organizing training programs.

    Ms. Edgar has completed an M.A. in Economics at the University of Guelph, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In addition, she lived and worked for two years in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa and two years in Japan, and has managed projects in South-East Asia and Lesotho.

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